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Best places to visit in Odisha for enjoying Christmas holidays

Are you a nature lover? Do you favor a place where the beauty of nature and the splendid architecture meets? Then Odisha is the right choice for you to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Read on to know the interesting places to visit in Odisha

When there is a bright sunshine and the weather is comfortable, it is difficult to stay back at home. Especially when Christmas is around the corner, our mind becomes joyful and we like to enjoy the Christmas holidays in a special way. Traveling is a passion for many. The travelers go out even if they can manage a 2 days break from their busy schedule. When you have a few more days to relax during the Christmas holidays, explore the beauty of Odisha. It is a state in eastern India where you can experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating beaches, elegant temples which are really architectural wonders and wildlife sanctuaries. Odisha has a large coastal line situated along the Bay of Bengal and you will find the weather very comfortable during December-January.

Let's explore a few of the important destinations and I am sure after visiting each of them, your desire for delving deeper would increase.


If you like to visit religious places and enjoy ancient architecture, then Bhubaneswar is the ideal place. It is the capital of the state and an ancient city whose reference can be found in the 4th century BC. Bhubaneswar is known as the city of temples because you will find many wonderful temples there. A large number of sandstone temples were built in the city, but during the invasion of Mughals, many of the temples were destroyed. Still, you will find around 500 temples, which signifies the extraordinary architecture of those periods. The city got its name from Tribhuvaneswar, another name for Shiva, which means "Lord of Three Worlds". This city was also the ancient capital of Kalinga.
Image source: Lingaraja Temple-Bhubaneswar, www.orissatourism.org

There are many places to visit at Bhubaneswar and the significant among them are Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves, Lingaraja Temple, Mukteswar Temple, Nandankanan Zoological & Botanical Park, Dhauli Hill, National History Museum, Ekamra Botanical Gardens, Chandaka Sanctuary.


This is the hometown of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra and is famous for its Rath Yatra, the annual chariot festival. It is around 60 Km from Bhubaneswar and takes approximately 2 Hrs to reach there by car.

Puri is among one of the Char Dhams (four abodes) and it is believed that it helps one to attain salvation after visiting this place. It attracts a number of tourists throughout the year and is buzzing with crowds all over. The special attraction here is the Lord Jagannath Temple and you will be fascinated by its architectural beauty. There are many mysteries associated with this temple and that's why devotees throng this temple throughout the year. There is a very old ritual where the flag atop the temple is changed by a priest every day. He climbs at the top of the temple, which is as high as a 45 storied building, without any external support and replaces the flag on a daily basis. For onlookers of this ritual, it will be understood how difficult it is, but the priest does it with ease.
Image source: Jagannath Temple-Puri, www.mouthshut.com

The art form Pattachitra is originated in Puri and one of the oldest styles of painting in Odisha. In Puri also you will find a number of holy places whose history is associated with Lord Jagannath. The beach there is an ideal one for relaxation and strolling on the white sands of the beach is favorite among the visitors. You will be fascinated to watch the sunrise and sunset from the beach and can take part in various water sports.


When it comes to the architecture of temples, the Sun Temple of Konark is at the top because of its magnificence. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built in the 13th Century AD. It is 35 Km from Puri and 65 Km from the capital city Bhubaneswar. The temple is dedicated to Sun God and you will remain captivated by its structure and design. It is one of the tallest temples in the country whose height is estimated to be 227 feet. A part of the original construction is destroyed now, but what remains is truly fascinating. The Sun Temple was designed like a chariot, carrying the Sun God, that is pulled by seven horses and having twenty-four wheels. The science behind the design of those wheels will make you dumbstruck. Throughout the day, from the shadows of the spokes of those wheels, the time can be calculated. The quietness of the place along with magnificent seashores will make you relaxed and it's a perfect destination to enjoy your holidays.
Image source: Sun Temple-Konark, www.odishatourism.gov.in

The famous Konark Dance Festival is held between 1st and 5th December every year that showcases unique classical dances from the country and also the traditional temple dance forms of Odisha.

Chilka Lake

For nature lovers, the breathtaking landscapes with mountains, waterfalls and amazing wildlife will add special flavors to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Chilka Lake is one such place to enjoy the serenity. This place is well connected by roads and rails and is around 115 Km from Bhubaneswar.
Chilka Lake
Image source: Chilka Lake,www.odishatourism.gov.in

Chilka Lake is a coastal lagoon and is the largest one in India. During winter, migratory birds from various parts of the world choose Chilka as their wintering ground and it is the largest one in this subcontinent. You will find Rajhans, Mangalajodi and Berhampura Nature Camps in this lagoon where you can enjoy a boat ride. A large number of Irrawaddy Dolphins are found in the lake and you can easily find them in groups while riding the boat.


Once a significant port, it now accommodates one of the enchanting beaches in Odisha. During 1914, at Gopalpur, The Palm Beach Resort was developed by an Italian to accommodate the businessmen and it is perhaps the first beach resort in the country. Later, in 1948, it was bought by the Oberoi Group and developed further. Now the Mayfair Group of Hotels is the owner of the property. The sea at Gopalpur beach is rough but the most enjoyable part is the tranquility of the atmosphere.
Image source: Gopalpur Beach, www.odishatourism.gov.in

You will find the rows of Casuarina trees around the beach enthralling and a stroll around the beach is a must to revive yourself. There are some exciting water sports at the beach and if you like adventures you will enjoy them. You can enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunset since the beach is facing the east. If you are fond of seafood, then you can enjoy the varieties available there in the fish market in the morning.

Talasari Beach

This is a very quiet beach to relax during the holidays of Christmas. The salient feature of Talasari Beach is the rows of Palm trees. Actually, the beach got its name from the row of Palm trees which is known as Talasari in the local Odia language. The sandbanks and red crabs add to its speciality. You will enjoy a boat ride around the sea particularly at the meeting point of Bay of Bengal with the river Subarnarekha.
Talasari Beach
Image source: Talasari Beach, www.odishatourism.gov.in

Around 10 Km from Talasari beach, there is a mangrove at Bichitrapur which is also a place to see. Seafood and fishes are an integral part of the beach and you can always buy them directly from the fishermen during the morning.


If you enjoy hill stations, then Daringbadi is the place to look for. It is 252 Km away from Bhubaneswar, situated at Kandhamal district. The picturesque hill station is known as the "Kashmir of Odisha" and you will immediately fall in love with the place. The hill station is situated at a height of 3000 feet above sea level and surrounded by coffee plantations and forests.
Image source: Entry point of Daringbadi, www.tripadvisor.in

There are many waterfalls and gardens at Daringbadi. The temperature at Daringbadi falls around zero degrees during winter and you will enjoy the Christmas holidays in this place which has enormous natural beauty. There are so many places to visit and the significant among them are Belghar Sanctuary, Doluri River, Ludu Waterfalls, Badangia Waterfalls, Hill View Park.


To enjoy your Christmas holidays, you can visit a few of the above-mentioned places or all of them depending on the number of days you have to relaxation. If you are unable to visit all of them at once, I hope you should visit Odisha again to enjoy the natural beauty and the magnificent architecture of the historical monuments.

Article by Sankalan Bhattacharya
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Author: Umesh20 Dec 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

A nice article about the picturesque and serene places in Odisha. A very useful information for the tourists and visitors.

I heard about some of these places earlier but Daringbadi (Kashmir of Odisha) is a news to me and is really a surprise that there is such a beautiful hill station in that part of the country. Sometimes I ponder that our country is so big and there are so many beautiful places that if we give more thrust to these places and develop them as better tourist places with good facilities etc then we can earn good revenue and the local economy can look up to satisfactory levels. This will even open up new employment opportunities for the common masses living in these remote areas.

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